New York, September 16 — The first New York “Jazz Matters” meeting of fall 2010, a listening session with five critics blindfold-testing each other on “Best Jazz of the Year — so far,” was a success, prompting planning of a second follow-up session (on Thursday, October 14th) with a new set of panelists. Details to follow. The JJA is also … [read more]
[Photo: Vijay Iyer accepting award. © Enid Farber 2010]
This is the year the Jazz Journalists Association’s Jazz Awards went digital, increasingly global and emphatically more local, all at once.
Using streaming online video and social media plus the energies of JJA members to organize distant “satellite parties,” the JJA Jazz Awards June 14 celebrated excellence with a gala at City … [read more]
The Jazz Educators Network (JEN) Conference, held May 20-22 in St. Louis, has come and gone but the two-week “postgame” window now allows enough distance for some reflection. Approximately 1,100 people — predominantly educators, with some musicians and industry people mixed in — attended the three-day affair. While there were only a few artist representatives and fewer presenters on hand, … [read more]
The Jazz Journalists Association has named eight new members to its “A Team” of “Activists, Advocates, Altruists, Aiders and Abettors of Jazz,” along with five “JJA Jazz Heroes,” who have done exceptional work to support jazz at the local level. The new A Team and Jazz Heroes will be honored at the June 14 JJA Jazz Awards gala in New … [read more]
Back in the 1980s, the Warsaw-based International Jazz Federation held an annual competition, Jazz Photo International, featuring submissions in an exhibition at Poland’s premier festival, the Jazz Jamboree, and publishing the winning images in Jazz Forum magazine, also based in Warsaw. (The magazine is still alive and well, though now only in Polish: www.jazzforum.com.pl.) On an international scale, this was … [read more]
Can’t make it to the JJA Jazz Awards gala on June 14 in New York City?
This year, for the first time ever, friends of jazz in other locales are throwing satellite parties so local jazz fans can follow the JJA Jazz Awards live on streaming internet video. They’ll celebrate simultaneously with the Jazz Awards ceremony and reception in New York.
2010 … [read more]
New York, May 24 — Five submissions to the Jazz Journalists Association’s 2010 Jazz Awards “Photo of the Year” category have been elevated to finalist status by voting members of the JJA. European photographers dominate the finalist field. Images of Zim Ngqawana by Dragan Tasic, Eddie Henderson by Gulnara Khamatova, Sonny Rollins by John Watson and Tom Harrell by Lena … [read more]
It’s been just over a year that I have semi-officially considered myself a jazz writer. It started with this post, which began as an essay for a graduate course on jazz and film (I am currently finishing my MA in Jazz History and Research at Rutgers-Newark, the only masters program currently offered in jazz history worldwide). Since then I’ve been … [read more]
The JJA Jazz Awards is going bi-coastal, as the Jazzschool for Music Study and Performance in downtown Berkeley, California, has announced a free and public “satellite party” on Monday, June 14 from 12:30 to 3:30 PDT, simultaneously with the Jazz Awards ceremony and reception at City Winery in Manhattan.
The Jazzschool invites musicians, journalists and jazz fans to toast trumpeter-bandleader-educator … [read more]